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One of the things that people like about living in Marlborough is the fact that it’s still small enough for people to get to know their neighbours.
We live in neighbourhoods - town or country - where other people will lend a hand or keep an eye on your property when you’re away. It’s the sort of friendliness that helps to create the sense of security that people appreciate about this district.
This sense of neighbourliness is the concept on which the Neighbourhood Support scheme is based.
Introduced primarily as a crime prevention concept, it also helps communities to prepare themselves for civil emergencies.
Neighbours are encouraged to keep in contact with each other in ways that can help to minimise burglaries, car crime, vandalism and violence, as well as fostering community spirit. The contact is particularly valued by older residents.
In Marlborough, about three hundred suburban and rural support groups have been set up over the years but they range from highly active to existing in name only.
More information about setting up your own Neighbourhood Support group is available from Safer Communities Marlborough, Ph: 03 577 5370 ext 8, Mon-Wed, 9.00 am-noon.